Acupuncture for pain: An overview of Cochrane reviews

@article{Lee2011AcupunctureFP,
  title={Acupuncture for pain: An overview of Cochrane reviews},
  author={Myeong Soo Lee and Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={17},
  pages={187-189}
}
ObjectiveCochrane reviews have the reputation for being more transparent and rigorous than other reviews. The aim of this overview was to evaluate and summarize Cochrane reviews of acupuncture for the treatment of any type of pain.MethodsWe searched the Cochrane Database and evaluated the Cochrane reviews that were concerned specifically with the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain. Data were extracted according to pre-defined inclusion criteria by two independent reviewers.ResultsEight… Expand

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